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Today's Top Stories - Friday December 22, 2017

Savona Woman Arrested for Endangering Welfare of Children
A 34-year-old Savona woman was charged with endangering the welfare of her child after a neighbor called to report a home filled with smoke on 59 Main Street. Bath State Police say two children, a 2 and 6 year old, were left home alone and the smoke was caused by a stove burner that was left on. The children were removed from the home safely. Upon returning home, the children’s mother, Khristie J. Dearmitt was charged with two counts of endangering the welfare of a child and will appear on January 15th in Savona Village Court. Steuben County Child Protective Unit assisted with the investigation.

Bath Man Jailed for Probation Violation
A 57-year old Bath man was arrested on a bench warrant for violation of probation. David A. Soles was alleged to be violating the conditions of his probation for a previous conviction of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree with intent to sell, criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree and driving while impaired by drugs. Soles was arraigned in County Court and remanded to Steuben County Jail without bail and a court date set for January 2nd.

DiNapoli Reports NYS Health Overpayments for Transportation
According to State Comptroller Tom Dinapoli, an audit for NYS Health Department concludes that the state health department has overpaid for non emergency medicaid transportation. According to Comptroller DiNapoli’s report, it estimates that between the audit period from 2013 to 2016, $6.2 million was paid for people who were ineligible for the service. State Senator Tom O’Mara suggests that the health department to be removed from this duty of issuing funds to Medicaid transport and instead channel funding to rural bus companies to help bridge the transportation gaps for Medicaid patients.

Steuben SPIRIT Program Welcomes First Graduate
Steuben County Sheriff’s Department SPIRIT program’s first four-legged student has graduated  from training and is now ready to serve the local community. Major the dog, a three-year old Labrador-pitbull mix completed the training program in 51/2 weeks at the County Public Safety Building and will join an adoptive family. Major joined the program after being discovered as a drop off on SPCA grounds and selected by the Hornell Humane Society and Finger Lakes SPCA to be trained and paired with a local inmate at the county jail. Sheriff Allard explained the program provides inmates with a positive skill and companionship and said “We are very invested in this program and hope to expand it.”

Police Patrol for Christmas Crackdown on DWIs
The statewide holiday crackdown on DWI continues for the holiday weekend until the first of January 2018. State, local and county law enforcement will be patrolling to ensure safety on the road and  Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reminds you to drive carefully especially the Christmas weekend when lots of traveling will be taking place. According to US Department of Transportation, 781 people were killed nationwide by crashes in December 2016. If you drink, please don’t drive and use your designated driver, public transportation or plan to sleep over if you will be drinking.


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